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[{"region":"ch","company":"Great Bear Distribution Ltd","website":"www.greatbear.co.uk","testimonial":"Great Bear Distribution have been members of The Business Network Forum for almost 12 months and in that time I have met many interesting Owner Directors and Senior Managers of business. \r\n\r\nThe Chester Business Forum meets monthly for a couple of hours at various prestigous Chester Hotels. Not only is there an opportunity to network with key decision makers in the region, it is also possible to present your organisation to a wider audience, on a one to one and if the opportunity allows as a formal seminar.\r\n\r\nMy Company will in time I am sure be doing business with one or two of the key people we have met - this is a gradual process of confidence building ,and sharing of ideas and experiences. Equally many of the smaller companies and individuals can provide a higher degree of personalised service, something which has been lost and perhaps missed in a quest for business growth.\r\n\r\nI highly recommend any business to put a toe in the water and meet two highly motivated organisers and many like minded business networkers at a future meeting.... \r\n\r\nGo on try it - nothing ventured nothing gained.!\r\n\r\n","contact":"Michael Pepper","position":"Business Development Manager","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Corporate Accountancy Solutions Ltd","website":"www.caslimited.com","testimonial":"The reason that I am joining The Network is quite simply you have an excellent model, and having attended many networking events I feel that yours is by far the best structured to actually achieve outcomes for the members.\r\n\r\n","contact":"Lisa Styles","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"lc","company":"Beyond Design Solutions Ltd","website":"www.beyonddesign.co.uk","testimonial":"Having never been to a networking event before, it far exceeded my expectations and was extremely well run.","contact":"Duncan Sibbald","position":"Finance Director","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Jonathan Linn Intellectual Property","website":null,"testimonial":"Hi Helen,\r\nThank you so much for this introduction.\r\nThe other member has made contact and we've had a chat, and it looks like we may very well be going ahead with a new patent application for him to protect his new development. So it all looks very promising.\r\nAaah - the power of The Business Network at its best!! It's win-win opportunities like this, with your presence and skills at the hub of things, that make the extended Network so successful!\r\nBest regards,\r\nJonathan\r\n","contact":"Jonathan Linn","position":"Chartered Patent Attorney","logo":null},{"region":"lc","company":"DLO Development Ltd","website":"www.dlodevelopment.com","testimonial":"In my view, the Business Network is by a margin the best organisation of its type that I have come across since I started my own business almost fifteen years ago. ","contact":"Stephen Newton","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Kirsty Craig Associates","website":"www.kirstycraigassociates.co.uk","testimonial":"The Business Network Chester is by far and away the best business networking group I have ever been part of and it's entirely down to the energy that Tracy and Hayley put into it. It is a pleasure to come to every event; I always come away with either a lead or a useful piece of information and think you do a superb job of running the show.\r\n\r\nCongratulations to you both!","contact":"Kirsty Craig","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"sm","company":"JCM Business Solutions","website":"www.jcmbusinesssolutions.co.uk","testimonial":"\" The Business Network in South Manchester is one of the best regular meetings I attend. The atmosphere is extremely friendly, the venues are excellent and the members have a genuine desire to help each other out. Simon and Win provide brilliant leadership and ensure that no one is left out. If you've not networked before, or are a little jaded by the experience, I recommend you try the SMBN.\"","contact":"Chris Moran","position":"Managing Director","logo":"\/images\/members\/logos\/11_5574.jpg"},{"region":"no","company":"Straightahead","website":"www.straightaheadsales.co.uk ","testimonial":"I joined The Business Network Manchester over a year ago and took the time to get to know the network Members there. After about 5 months we won our first contract, and since then we've generated a constant flow of referrals and met many new decision makers and business contacts. It's not just been the attendees that we've worked with, they have suggested our services to their contacts, so its networking in the real sense of the word. Helen is very active in ensuring that there are always new attendees and the group runs at a very healthy level each month. Its also great fun and thoroughly enjoyable.\r\n\r\n \r\n","contact":"Vicki Culverhouse","position":"Managing Director","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/5_4283.jpg"},{"region":"ex","company":"Winning Tenders Ltd","website":"www.winningtenders.co.uk","testimonial":"Joining The Business Network was one of the best moves I ever made. Through The Business Network, I have found a number of trusted suppliers and some very good customers. Not only that but the complimentary morning seminars are a valuable source of information on business trends and ideas.","contact":"Ian Smith","position":"Founder","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/1_11305.jpg"},{"region":"sb","company":"Delaney Marling Partnership Ltd.","website":"www.delaneymarlingpartnership.co.uk","testimonial":"As a Humber based business it\u2019s important for Delaney Marling Partnership Ltd to network with likeminded business people to extend our network and build up our brand awareness. With this in Mind we joined the South Humber Business Network in 2010 (I think) and gave it 12 months to see if it was for us. We have been members ever since. The group has allowed us to fulfil our initial goal as our network has grown and people have started to recognise our brand. More importantly the we have now picked up new suppliers and clients who we use and rely on and pass their details on to others in our network as trusted connections. The meetings are a place where we can network in a comfortable business like environment with great business people from a diverse range of local\/national business\u2019s.","contact":"Simon Delaney","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Houlbrook Physiotherapy","website":"https:\/\/www.houlbrookphysio.co.uk\/","testimonial":"I absolutely love the Business Network Chester, it is brimming with inspirational people which makes networking a dream. I always come away with new ideas from the meetings and more importantly I have a network of people to call upon when I need, who I like and trust.","contact":"Jo Houlbrook","position":"Owner","logo":"\/images\/members\/logos\/23_5179.jpg"},{"region":"ch","company":"HM Legal Services Ltd","website":"http:\/\/www.hillyermckeown.co.uk\/","testimonial":"I just wanted to say thank you for organising another great lunch today. I cannot believe it is a year since I started coming to the Business Network Chester events. I really enjoy coming to the events and it is a testament to your enthusiasm and great organisational skills that they are such a success month on month.\r\n\r\nI tried a lot of different networking events before coming to the Business Network and never really felt that I got that much out of them, despite my efforts, but your philosophy of building trust and getting to know people is a good fit with my own thoughts on business networking and definitely seems to work.\r\n\r\nI have recently started to really feel the benefit of being in the Network and am very much looking forward to continuing to meet and get to know the other members over the next 12 months.\r\n","contact":"Amy Pownall","position":"Solicitor","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Monitor Creative","website":"www.monitorcreative.co.uk","testimonial":"I use business networking extensively to build new business and so I come across all types of Networking Companies. To say that Helen Bennett's Business Network stands head and shoulders above the rest is only telling it how it is. The format is excellent and relaxing which get the best out of everyone and the added bonus is Helen's personality and attention to detail. I can heartily recommend Business Network.","contact":"Moray Newberry","position":"Managing Director","logo":"\/images\/members\/logos\/5_1769.png"},{"region":"sm","company":"John Redfern Associates","website":"www.johnredfernassociates.co.uk","testimonial":"It was a really enjoyable event. Professionally run in a quality hotel with quality people and food. Well Done Karen!","contact":"John Redfern","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Amber Coaching for Fundraisers","website":null,"testimonial":"This network is the best I have ever attended. The combination of Hayley and Tracy brings a certain magic to the group. Tracy is a fabulous connector and Hayley a fabulous organiser. During Covid-19 the network has, dare I say it, got even better! There are online networking events, seminars, updates, 121's, netwalking and more. I know the members of the network better than before 2020 and although I can't wait to get back to lunch at The Chester Grosvenor, I hope we can continue with many of the other ways of connecting.","contact":"Julia Worthington","position":"Director","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/23_2472.jpg"},{"region":"ch","company":"Outwrite","website":null,"testimonial":"The Business Network is a great example of how fruitful networking events should be run. The meetings are structured to allow you to discuss opportunities with a range of senior business people without feeling under pressure to deliver instant referrals. I look forward to the events each month as I know how beneficial they can be","contact":"Tracy North","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Oliver and Co","website":"www.oliverandcobusiness.co.uk ","testimonial":"I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for arranging the introduction to Sue Brocklehurst of the University of Chester Academies Trust at the last Business Network lunch. Sue was genuinely surprised during the initial introductions to learn of all the services, the members on her table could offer to the Trust.\r\nSue did comment that having received a personal invitation from you inviting her to lunch, she could simply not refuse! \r\nI have subsequently emailed Sue and I am hoping that your initial introduction will turn into some real business. \r\nThank as always for your continuing support and assistance.\r\n","contact":"John Loney","position":"Solicitor","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/23_3729.jpg"},{"region":"sm","company":"WPA","website":"www.wpa.org.uk\/amandafearn","testimonial":"The Business Network South Manchester has undoubtedly facilitated steady growth in my business during the last year whilst increasing the number of invaluable contacts within my networking circle and I'm confident this will continue through into 2012. Your meetings are always well structured, productive and uplifting - what more could you ask of networking? I would not hesitate to recommend The Business Network South Manchester to all my associates and wish you continued, and much deserved, success in the coming year.","contact":"Tracey Richley","position":"Account Manager","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"R W Learning Ltd","website":"www.rwlearning.co.uk","testimonial":"You run a tight, professional show - there is no other network organisation like it!!","contact":"Ian Rothwell","position":"Managing Director\r\n","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Geoff Robertshaw Limited","website":"www.geoffrobertshaw.com","testimonial":"Thank you for allowing me to come to the event today. I will be joining the network.\r\nI was so impressed by your personal approach and your professionalism in running the event and your husband did a great job as well.\r\n","contact":"Geoff Robertshaw","position":"Owner","logo":"\/images\/members\/logos\/5_6350.png"},{"region":"no","company":"Venture Resource Management","website":"www.venturerm.com","testimonial":"Many thanks for a great afternoon - I was really taken by your enthusiam and total passion for what you are doing - it contributes greatly to the commitment of your guests who all seem genuine people committed to growing their business and their fellow guest's businesses, so well done.","contact":"Mark Clough","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"ex","company":"WBW Solicitors LLP","website":"www.wbw.co.uk","testimonial":"Probably best networking event I have been too and I have attended a fair few.","contact":"Sarah Summers","position":"Dispute Resolution Solicitor","logo":"\/"},{"region":"sm","company":"Federation Of Small Businesses","website":"https:\/\/join.fsb.org.uk\/ma\/13300088","testimonial":"I joined The Business Network South Manchester several years ago and when the opportunity came up to buy the group I jumped at the opportunity as the members had helped me so much with my business.","contact":"Simon Edmondson","position":"Membership Advisor","logo":"\/images\/members\/logos\/11_4788.png"},{"region":"ex","company":"Winning Tenders Ltd","website":"www.winningtenders.co.uk","testimonial":"I absolutely loved the meeting and cannot wait to attend another one. Thank you so much for being a great host. The format was great.","contact":"Emma Friendship-Kilburn","position":"Sales and Relationship Director","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/1_11305.jpg"},{"region":"no","company":"Mark 1 Business Systems Limited","website":"www.mark1systems.com","testimonial":"One of the things that really stood out to me as you were sending thanks to the various people at the event, I realised that I have also utilised the services of the first three people that you mentioned. This just makes me realise what a fantastic place this network is, the power of recommendations is second to none. The best of it is that I now have the contacts and ability to strengthen my company on an on-going basis. Thanks for all your hard work.\r\n","contact":"Mark Nolan","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"lc","company":"Gosschalks Solicitors","website":"www.gosschalks.co.uk","testimonial":"If you've been going to networking events as long as I have you will have done them all. Ones where it's just you and a woman who does aromatherapy for cats and that one where half an hour in you start to wonder if you've accidentally joined some sort of cult. You know the one where people are deliberately breaking their own toilets just so they have got a referral to give to the plumber. Anyway 10 years ago we went to our first Business Network and we haven't bothered with anything else since. Above all its enjoyable and you meet great people. Out of that business relationships and even friendships grow. The culture is very much' how can I help' rather than 'what's in it for me'. So all the right ingredients are in place for you to grow your network of contacts and grow your business. And it works.\r\n\r\n","contact":"Ted Flanagan","position":"Partner","logo":null},{"region":"sm","company":"Pixel Assist","website":"pixelassist.co.uk ","testimonial":"I happily renewed my membership with The Business Network South Manchester yesterday hosted by Simon & Win. Why?\r\n\r\nIt's structured, director level networking which works for me and the kind of businesses I want to be introduced to.\r\n\r\nPlus there's an amazing extended network I have access to...\r\n\r\nWith a couple of contacts i have met in the group we're working on developing what will be the biggest production project of my career so far.\r\n\r\nRenewing was a bit of a no-brainer....","contact":"Ben Schmidt","position":"Owner","logo":"\/images\/members\/logos\/11_5984.jpg"},{"region":"no","company":"CSRB Ltd","website":"www.csrb.co.uk ","testimonial":"Thank you for the wonderful May online event that I attended. This was a very well run, engaging, and supportive event and made me proud to be part of The Business Network. Congratulations Helen to you and the team!","contact":"Chris Burn","position":"Managing Director\r\n","logo":"\/images\/members\/logos\/5_6292.jpg"},{"region":"lc","company":"Michael Heppell Ltd","website":"www.michaelheppell.co.uk","testimonial":"Having had the privilege of speaking at two of The Business Network events I only need one word to describe how they are organised, promoted and staged - BRILLIANT!","contact":"Michael Heppell","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"The Athena Programme","website":"www.theathenaprogramme.co.uk","testimonial":"Over the years I have been to many types of business networks including sector targeted events, however I now choose to only go to one - The Business Network Manchester. This is a coherent, friendly and excellent way to network and offers long lasting relationships. I find its an efficient use of my time and I always look forward to monthly event. Helen is always a great inspiration and ready to offer a helping hand and introductions. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the network.","contact":"Sarah Carlick","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"sb","company":"Hornsby's","website":"http:\/\/www.hornsbytravel.co.uk\/","testimonial":"It's a great group to part of!","contact":"Nick Hornsby","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Spherical International Operations","website":"www.sphericalinternational.com","testimonial":"Please let me congratulate you on the quality of the event, it was extremely interesting, well-co-ordinated with a really great diversity of professionals.\r\n\r\n \r\n","contact":"Nathan Monshin","position":"Director International Risk","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Dailycer Limited","website":"www.dailycer.co.uk","testimonial":"As a large organisation, its great to network with businesses in the local area, connect with the community and learn from others. So I would say come along - at the very least give it a chance - and the chances are you will feel better when you leave that when you started!","contact":"Peter Robertson","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Monopoly Buy Sell Rent","website":"www.monopolybuysellrent.co.uk\/chester ","testimonial":"15 May 2019\r\nTo Tracy & Hayley \r\nThis is a testimonial that I write to thank you both for all you have given to me and to your chapter from my personal experience of your fabulous networking group.\r\nMy personal life took a dramatic hit in April 2017 when I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer, following surgery I had intensive chemotherapy and had major side effects from this which caused me to have not one but two T.I.A\u00e2\u20ac\u2122s (Mini strokes). After a spell in hospital and a considerable amount of investigations I slowly started to recover and was released home, where the new life challenges began.\r\nDuring my recovery I was diagnosed with Anxiety & Depression which made me re-evaluate different aspects of my life and I decided to change my life for the better and make as many changes as possible.\r\nSo after many cocktails, wine & desperados, my good friend and next door neighbour Robin and I decided to go into business together and buy the franchise Monopoly Buy Sell Rent Chester.\r\nWe launched in January 2018 and I knew that for us to succeed we needed to network and find new contacts within Chester & surrounding area, I searched around for quite some time and didn\u00e2\u20ac\u2122t really get any feedback from other groups. I connected with Tracey via Facebook Messenger which was great and I was invited to attend my first meeting in Feb 2018. I really enjoyed this experience and found Tracey and Hayley to be both welcoming and supportive.\r\nOnce I had committed to attending the network meeting I became very nervous and started worrying about my ability to connect with a group of people and represent my business in the best possible way. Tracey & Hayley assured me that it was a very relaxed environment and that all I needed to do was be myself and make myself present within the meetings.\r\nBecause of the strong and positive advice I was given during my first meeting, I have taken that into every Business Networking Event and more importantly I have utilised it within other aspects of my business.\r\nSince joining the networking group I have become a lot more confident with myself and how I communicate with other people and I have Tracey & Hayley to thank for that for making me feel welcome and helping me along my way.\r\nThank you both, please give yourself a pat on the back.\r\nKind regards\r\n\r\nGavin Belton-Rose\r\nDirector \r\n","contact":"Gavin Belton-Rose","position":"Branch Director","logo":null},{"region":"lc","company":"Stack Group","website":"www.stack.co.uk","testimonial":"Of all the networking events I have been too yours is the best I have attended in terms of format and with the right level of introductions. I tend to cull my attendance at these events but the way you arranged the tables is great and so I will definitely attend regularly.We are planning some exiting changes to the business this year and Luke was able to pass me onto a contact that can likely assist us. \r\nIt is obvious both you and Russell work very hard to make it such a success.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n","contact":"Stephen Cobham","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Spring Rites Speaking Skills","website":"www.springrites.co.uk","testimonial":"This Network is as good as it gets. Hosted by the wonderful Helen Bennett it offers all kinds of businesses excellent network opportunities as well as support from Helen. The network lunches are always a positive experience and for me personally they have provided me with many new clients - and indeed friends.","contact":"Maggie Ford","position":"Director","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/5_2272.jpg"},{"region":"ch","company":"Maja Kenney","website":"https:\/\/about.me\/maja.kenney","testimonial":"I can't believe it's been a year already! I have nothing but praise for the Chester Network and the hard work Tracy and Hayley put into it - it shows and I am happy to renew my membership - NOW INTO MY 10TH YEAR ! Having been a member for over 10 years says it all, the network works! It is there to create genuine connections and long term business relationships amongst the members. Not only has the network brought in new business for me, it has also been there as a support in times of change and to work out through any dilemmas. I would strongly recommend becoming a member.\r\n ","contact":"Maja Kenney","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Investors In Marketing","website":"www.investors-in-marketing.co.uk","testimonial":"A great group of people led by the highly motivational Tracy, ably supported by Hayley. All business leaders need motivation, guidance, the benefit of other local expertise to help them grow. This is exactly what the Chester business network offers.","contact":"Stephen Carroll","position":"Managing Director","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/23_5558.jpg"},{"region":"no","company":"LB Telecom Limited","website":"www.lb-telecom.co.uk","testimonial":"What a fabulous event at the Palace Hotel, it was truly inspirational","contact":"Lawrence Boswell","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Infralogics Limited","website":"www.infralogics.co.uk","testimonial":"It is personal touches like this which set the Network aside from other business networks and which make it a constant pleasure to attend.","contact":"Stephen Singer","position":"Director","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/5_64.jpg"},{"region":"ch","company":"Aaron & Partners Llp","website":"www.aaronandpartners.com","testimonial":"The Business Network lunches attract high quality attendees and the organisers put a great deal of effort into understanding the kind of contacts that each member is looking to make. The result is that more often than not you find yourself sitting with other members with whom there is genuine scope for you to do business with, making the experience both enjoyable and very worthwhile.\r\n\r\n","contact":"Nick Clarke","position":"Commercial Litigation Specialist","logo":null},{"region":"lc","company":"Estrada (EU) Ltd ","website":"www.estrada.co.uk","testimonial":"I would also add that the event last month was quite possibly the best networking event I have ever been to (and I've been to many) and therefore I will recommend it to colleagues.","contact":"Andy Petri","position":"Managing Director\r\n","logo":null},{"region":"sm","company":"No Nonsense Marketing","website":"www.no-nonsense-marketing.co.uk","testimonial":"Not only does Business Network make sense financially, it's a huge asset to business owner\/managers and the 'lonely at the top' syndrome. There's a huge wealth of knowledge and regional business information within the South Manchester branch, high quality businesses and a tangible community feel about the whole group. If I need a contact or expert advice, or if I'm struggling with something, there\u2019s always someone I can call and get a result.\r\n\r\nWhen you're running your own business, being able to access that support and 'business intelligence' is invaluable. So for me, South Manchester Business Network isn't just a professional networking group; it's a natural extension of my own business.\r\n","contact":"Penny Lines","position":"Marketing Consultant","logo":null},{"region":"lc","company":"Printing.com@Envisualise","website":"www.kingston-printing.com","testimonial":"What really made me decide to go ahead with the membership is that I have been networking for over 11 years now and I have not met anyone who is as attentive and supportive as you and your husband. ","contact":"Rishma Hasham","position":"Director\r\n","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Voodoo Agency Ltd","website":"www.voodooagency.com","testimonial":"You have always run the most professional network of all the ones I have ever been to. ","contact":"Simon Cocker","position":"Founder","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"The Cake Nest","website":"www.thecakenest.com","testimonial":"Thank you as I found the lunch very productive and I have had a busy morning connecting and arranging new meetings with the contacts made yesterday. \r\n","contact":"Steve Phillips","position":"Director\r\n","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/5_4278.jpg"},{"region":"ch","company":"Blueleaf","website":"www.blue-leaf.co.uk","testimonial":"Why consider Business Network? Well Tracy and Hayley are great.\r\nThey go out of their way to know everyone and to help them. The total focus is on helping to introduce you to the right people in a very informal manner.\r\n\r\nThere are no pressures, just simply getting to know like minded people in a nice environment and the outcome is that you make friends with people you\r\ncan help or they can help you. I love it !!\r\n\r\n","contact":"Adrian Lomas","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"JCM Business Solutions","website":null,"testimonial":"\" The Business Network is one of the best regular meetings I attend. The atmosphere is extremely friendly, the venues are excellent and the members have a genuine desire to help each other out. Simon and Win provide brilliant leadership and ensure that no one is left out. If you've not networked before, or are a little jaded by the experience, I recommend you try the Business Network.\"","contact":"Chris Moran","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Be Your Own Guru Ltd","website":"http:\/\/www.oliviastefanino.com\/","testimonial":"The Business Network Chester is like a really good casserole. Lots of ingredients, all left to slowly cook and intermingle over a long period of time and as we all know a good casserole is always worth waiting for, and gets better and better, the longer and more slowly it is cooked.\r\n\r\nSo if you are a Fast food kind of person then we are probably not right for you. ","contact":"Olivia Stefanino","position":"Director","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/23_3718.jpg"},{"region":"ex","company":"Rame Marketing","website":"www.ramemarketing.co.uk","testimonial":"In the four years since Rame Marketing has been trading, the Exeter based Business Network is by far the best networking event I've attended and I'd recommend joining to any ambitious, forward looking business.\r\n\r\n","contact":"Andrew Walker","position":"Founder","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/1_11374.jpg"},{"region":"sm","company":"WSI Internet Marketing","website":"www.topwsiwebmarketing.co.uk","testimonial":"3 years! Its seems like only yesterday that I was fighting my way through the Cheshire lanes to the launch of a brand new networking group.\r\n \r\nThese days, new networking groups seem to spring up like weeds, but this one WAS different. It ticked all my boxes and I decided to join at that launch meeting.\r\n \r\nAnd I'm still there after three years, because it did deliver on those initial expectations, and continues to do so!!\r\n \r\nWhy do I continue to like The Business Network? \r\n \r\nThree Simple Reasons:\r\n \r\n1 - Its a pleasurable experience. Great lunches in nice locations each month. A structured meeting format, but not rigid. Great educational seminars. Meeting decision makers not salesmen as fellow members. Importantly , you feel you are among friends, all willing to help you.\r\n \r\n2 - It helps my business. As a digital marketing consultancy, the majority of our clients come through referrals. I have been introduced to a number of new clients by fellow members and met great companies to partner with through the network.\r\n \r\n3 - You don't know when you will meet your next client! As host, Karen works hard to attract new people to every meeting. As well as growing the membership, these visitors help to keep the meeetings fresh and dynamic. And hopefully some may need our Internet Marketing services!\r\n \r\nHappy 3rd Anniversary!\r\n","contact":"Andy Wooles","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Clatterbridge Cancer Research","website":"W: www.clatterbridge.org","testimonial":"I have been a member of The Business Network Chester from the start and always come away from the seminars and lunches with great new connections, leads and a feeling that I am getting to know the business community in Chester more and more with every visit. At Clatterbridge Cancer Research our approach is very much long term and that suits the ethos of BNC, it\u2019s not about hard sell and more about long term relationships and building up connections. This year Tracy has gone above and beyond and took part in our major fundraising event Come Dancing, as you would expect she gave it 110% and is our reigning champion! Huge thank you to Tracy and Hayley for really making us welcome every month and bringing a real benefit to the team at CCR","contact":"Laura Irving","position":"Business Development Manager","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Jack Russell Debt Collectors UK","website":null,"testimonial":"Tracy, I really enjoyed the event and thought you were the perfect hostess.\r\n\r\nQuality People, Qaulity venue.\r\n\r\nWe will look forward to joining you after Summer season!","contact":"Kerry Bland","position":"Chief Huntsman & Ratcatcher","logo":null},{"region":"lc","company":"ZiiRii Digital","website":"www.ziirii.com","testimonial":"Helen is a truly warm and genuine business connector. That is a real skill in today's increasingly impersonal business climate. \r\n\r\nHelen's community and network within The Business Network is remarkable. She excels in attracting a calibre of people that are not only excellent at what they do but also interested in working together to really help each other in a way that is not often seen. \r\n\r\nCollaboration is the new economy and Helen and her company embrace & leverage that fully.\r\n","contact":"Shilpa Panchmatia","position":"Director\r\n","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Mutech Limited","website":"www.mutech.co.uk","testimonial":"I enjoyed the event yesterday, you seem to be able to produce the right combination of people being both friendly and business orientated. Thanks.","contact":"Colin Cameron","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Helen Rae Photography","website":"www.helenraephotography.co.uk","testimonial":"Congratulations on running a really relaxed feeling event. I met some lovely people some of whom already I hope to do Business with.","contact":"Helen Rae","position":"Creative Director","logo":null},{"region":"sb","company":"Gosschalks Solicitors","website":"www.gosschalks.co.uk","testimonial":"If you've been going to networking events as long as I have you will have done them all. Ones where it's just you and a woman who does aromatherapy for cats and that one where half an hour in you start to wonder if you've accidentally joined some sort of cult. You know the one where people are deliberately breaking their own toilets just so they have got a referral to give to the plumber. Anyway 10 years ago we went to our first Business Network and we haven't bothered with anything else since. Above all its enjoyable and you meet great people. Out of that business relationships and even friendships grow. The culture is very much \"how can I help\" rather than \"what's in it for me\". So all the right ingredients are in place for you to grow your network of contacts and grow your business. And it works","contact":"Ted Flanagan","position":"Partner","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/4_1006.jpg"},{"region":"no","company":"Michael Heppell Ltd","website":"www.michaelheppell.co.uk","testimonial":"Having had the privilege of speaking at two of The Business Network events I only need one word to describe how they are organised, promoted and staged - BRILLIANT!\r\n\r\n","contact":"Michael Heppell","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Chesmait Ltd","website":null,"testimonial":"I have been a member of the Business Network for four or five years, first in Manchester and then in Chester when that region was established. Having spent over 30 years in corporate life, the latter 20 at Board level, I was very uncomfortable with the whole concept of formal networking events. Thank heaven I joined Business Network!!! My 30 year corporate experience involved working for three multinational retailers, so I believe I am qualified to make international comparisons when commenting on the strengths of The Business Network. For brevity I'm going to bullet point the exceptional strengths of this world class brand. 1. Clarity of purpose. Some may call it a vision or a mission.... Doesn't matter. BN knows what it wants to achieve, is utterly consistent in its execution and therefore achieves its targets. 2. A single eye over the business. This is hugely important in a franchise business. Helen Bennett, the founder of BN in its current form, is a colossally impressive networker, and an infectiously inspiring facilitator and leader. Helen's integrity, astonishing work ethic\/output and unbounded enthusiasm permeate the entire organisation and set the standard for every region. 3. Efficiency, reliability and member friendly admin systems. The business is designed to give its members the best possible service... And it unfailingly does. 4. Results orientated. The success of any brand is ultimately measured by the loyalty of its customers. I haven't done the research but I bet Helen has, and I'll wager that BN beats most comparable business networking agencies worldwide on member retention. Why? Because we, the members, love the process, love the people and develop lasting, constructive business connections as a result of regularly attending our local Business Network monthly lunches. \"Simple\" as the Meerkat says!\r\n","contact":"Francis Ball","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Polkadot Design and Print Limited","website":null,"testimonial":"Just a short note to say thank you and how much I enjoyed yesterday's networking event. The food and the company were excellent and I was so impressed at the professional but friendly way you coordinated the event.","contact":"Elaine Shepherd","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"pb","company":"BP Management & Marketing Services","website":"www.bpmanagementandmarketingservices.co.uk","testimonial":"I\u00ef\u00bf\u00bdve come across plenty of business networks in my years running professional football clubs and in consultancy; most are good, but this one is exceptional. The level of professional organisation and engagement of The Business Network makes me want to contribute my own experience and contacts. In turn, I expect to learn what's going on in the region and pick up new ways of doing things - supporting each other in this way benefits everyone.","contact":"Barrie Pierpoint","position":"Managing Partner","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/36_2834.jpg"},{"region":"no","company":"NMW Direct Ltd","website":"www.nmwdirect.co.uk","testimonial":"Just wanted to drop you a quick line to compliment you on a most wonderful networking lunch today. I have attended a number of networking events during my career, but today's event was one of the most enjoyable for me. The relaxed atmosphere and informal lunch in such a wonderful location was enhanced even more by chatting with a number of inspiring and creative individuals.","contact":"Jeni Morris","position":"Business Consultant","logo":null},{"region":"lc","company":"Kingsbrook UK Ltd","website":"www.bcms.co.uk ","testimonial":"What is clearly apparent about The Business Network is that, unlike so many other networking groups and events that I have attended, you take an active role in connecting your members where you see there is an opportunity. \r\nTypically these networking events are organised, payments are collected from the delegates and the delegates are then left to get on with the networking themselves. Not with The Business Network! This is clearly a differentiator and I'm both surprised and delighted by the level of attention you give to your members, in particular to identifying those potential relationships that could benefit members and making the connections for us where we haven't already had the chance to connect.\r\n","contact":"Luke Rebbettes","position":"Director\r\n","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Monitor Creative","website":"www.monitorcreative.co.uk","testimonial":"The Business Network is one of the best networking organisations that I know and I have been a member of Manchester for five years. Helen Bennett is truly exceptional at what she does and in Tracy and Hayley she has chosen two people in her own mould to run The Chester Business Network.\r\n\r\nI am a founder member of The Chester Business Network and have recently re-signed for a second year because it\u2019s dynamic, interesting and very productive. \r\n\r\nI can thoroughly recommend it as a source of new business opportunities, inspirational ideas \u2013 and it\u2019s good fun!\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n","contact":"Moray Newberry","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"The Ikon Partnership","website":null,"testimonial":"The Ikon Partnership has joined The Business Network Chester. When Ikon was looking to strengthen their presence in Cheshire, this friendly proactive group was a natural choice as a significant tool in Ikon's marketing strategy.\r\n","contact":"John Cooper","position":"Partner","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Rumpus Limited","website":"www.rumpus-comms.com","testimonial":"An amazing event; absolutely top drawer. You excelled yourself Helen; I loved it!!\r\n\r\n\r\n","contact":"Gareth Clements","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Aircool Diesel Services Ltd","website":null,"testimonial":"What I would say? Do it! You do have to work it.. not just lunch once a month but 1 to 1's, being open to opportunities, and a givers mindset. If you want to grow your business - simply do it!","contact":"Heather Hobden","position":"Director","logo":null}]
Great Bear Distribution have been members of The Business Network Forum for almost 12 months and in that time I have met many interesting Owner Directors and Senior Managers of business. The Chester Business Forum meets monthly for a couple of hours at various prestigous Chester Hotels. Not only is there an opportunity to network with key decision makers in the region, it is also possible to present your organisation to a wider audience, on a one to one and if the opportunity allows as a formal seminar. My Company will in time I am sure be doing business with one or two of the key people we have met - this is a gradual process of confidence building ,and sharing of ideas and experiences. Equally many of the smaller companies and individuals can provide a higher degree of personalised service, something which has been lost and perhaps missed in a quest for business growth. I highly recommend any business to put a toe in the water and meet two highly motivated organisers and many like minded business networkers at a future meeting.... Go on try it - nothing ventured nothing gained.!
Michael Pepper
Great Bear Distribution Ltd
The reason that I am joining The Network is quite simply you have an excellent model, and having attended many networking events I feel that yours is by far the best structured to actually achieve outcomes for the members.
Lisa Styles
Corporate Accountancy Solutions Ltd
Having never been to a networking event before, it far exceeded my expectations and was extremely well run.
Duncan Sibbald
Beyond Design Solutions Ltd
Hi Helen, Thank you so much for this introduction. The other member has made contact and we've had a chat, and it looks like we may very well be going ahead with a new patent application for him to protect his new development. So it all looks very promising. Aaah - the power of The Business Network at its best!! It's win-win opportunities like this, with your presence and skills at the hub of things, that make the extended Network so successful! Best regards, Jonathan
Jonathan Linn
Jonathan Linn Intellectual Property
In my view, the Business Network is by a margin the best organisation of its type that I have come across since I started my own business almost fifteen years ago.
Stephen Newton
DLO Development Ltd
The Business Network Chester is by far and away the best business networking group I have ever been part of and it's entirely down to the energy that Tracy and Hayley put into it. It is a pleasure to come to every event; I always come away with either a lead or a useful piece of information and think you do a superb job of running the show. Congratulations to you both!
Kirsty Craig
Kirsty Craig Associates
" The Business Network in South Manchester is one of the best regular meetings I attend. The atmosphere is extremely friendly, the venues are excellent and the members have a genuine desire to help each other out. Simon and Win provide brilliant leadership and ensure that no one is left out. If you've not networked before, or are a little jaded by the experience, I recommend you try the SMBN."
Chris Moran
JCM Business Solutions
I joined The Business Network Manchester over a year ago and took the time to get to know the network Members there. After about 5 months we won our first contract, and since then we've generated a constant flow of referrals and met many new decision makers and business contacts. It's not just been the attendees that we've worked with, they have suggested our services to their contacts, so its networking in the real sense of the word. Helen is very active in ensuring that there are always new attendees and the group runs at a very healthy level each month. Its also great fun and thoroughly enjoyable.
Vicki Culverhouse
Straightahead
Joining The Business Network was one of the best moves I ever made. Through The Business Network, I have found a number of trusted suppliers and some very good customers. Not only that but the complimentary morning seminars are a valuable source of information on business trends and ideas.
Ian Smith
Winning Tenders Ltd
As a Humber based business it’s important for Delaney Marling Partnership Ltd to network with likeminded business people to extend our network and build up our brand awareness. With this in Mind we joined the South Humber Business Network in 2010 (I think) and gave it 12 months to see if it was for us. We have been members ever since. The group has allowed us to fulfil our initial goal as our network has grown and people have started to recognise our brand. More importantly the we have now picked up new suppliers and clients who we use and rely on and pass their details on to others in our network as trusted connections. The meetings are a place where we can network in a comfortable business like environment with great business people from a diverse range of local/national business’s.
Simon Delaney
Delaney Marling Partnership Ltd.
I absolutely love the Business Network Chester, it is brimming with inspirational people which makes networking a dream. I always come away with new ideas from the meetings and more importantly I have a network of people to call upon when I need, who I like and trust.
Jo Houlbrook
Houlbrook Physiotherapy
I just wanted to say thank you for organising another great lunch today. I cannot believe it is a year since I started coming to the Business Network Chester events. I really enjoy coming to the events and it is a testament to your enthusiasm and great organisational skills that they are such a success month on month. I tried a lot of different networking events before coming to the Business Network and never really felt that I got that much out of them, despite my efforts, but your philosophy of building trust and getting to know people is a good fit with my own thoughts on business networking and definitely seems to work. I have recently started to really feel the benefit of being in the Network and am very much looking forward to continuing to meet and get to know the other members over the next 12 months.
Amy Pownall
HM Legal Services Ltd
I use business networking extensively to build new business and so I come across all types of Networking Companies. To say that Helen Bennett's Business Network stands head and shoulders above the rest is only telling it how it is. The format is excellent and relaxing which get the best out of everyone and the added bonus is Helen's personality and attention to detail. I can heartily recommend Business Network.
Moray Newberry
Monitor Creative
It was a really enjoyable event. Professionally run in a quality hotel with quality people and food. Well Done Karen!
John Redfern
John Redfern Associates
This network is the best I have ever attended. The combination of Hayley and Tracy brings a certain magic to the group. Tracy is a fabulous connector and Hayley a fabulous organiser. During Covid-19 the network has, dare I say it, got even better! There are online networking events, seminars, updates, 121's, netwalking and more. I know the members of the network better than before 2020 and although I can't wait to get back to lunch at The Chester Grosvenor, I hope we can continue with many of the other ways of connecting.
Julia Worthington
Amber Coaching for Fundraisers
The Business Network is a great example of how fruitful networking events should be run. The meetings are structured to allow you to discuss opportunities with a range of senior business people without feeling under pressure to deliver instant referrals. I look forward to the events each month as I know how beneficial they can be
Tracy North
Outwrite
I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for arranging the introduction to Sue Brocklehurst of the University of Chester Academies Trust at the last Business Network lunch. Sue was genuinely surprised during the initial introductions to learn of all the services, the members on her table could offer to the Trust. Sue did comment that having received a personal invitation from you inviting her to lunch, she could simply not refuse! I have subsequently emailed Sue and I am hoping that your initial introduction will turn into some real business. Thank as always for your continuing support and assistance.
John Loney
Oliver and Co
The Business Network South Manchester has undoubtedly facilitated steady growth in my business during the last year whilst increasing the number of invaluable contacts within my networking circle and I'm confident this will continue through into 2012. Your meetings are always well structured, productive and uplifting - what more could you ask of networking? I would not hesitate to recommend The Business Network South Manchester to all my associates and wish you continued, and much deserved, success in the coming year.
Tracey Richley
WPA
You run a tight, professional show - there is no other network organisation like it!!
Ian Rothwell
R W Learning Ltd
Thank you for allowing me to come to the event today. I will be joining the network. I was so impressed by your personal approach and your professionalism in running the event and your husband did a great job as well.
Geoff Robertshaw
Geoff Robertshaw Limited
Many thanks for a great afternoon - I was really taken by your enthusiam and total passion for what you are doing - it contributes greatly to the commitment of your guests who all seem genuine people committed to growing their business and their fellow guest's businesses, so well done.
Mark Clough
Venture Resource Management
Probably best networking event I have been too and I have attended a fair few.
Sarah Summers
WBW Solicitors LLP
I joined The Business Network South Manchester several years ago and when the opportunity came up to buy the group I jumped at the opportunity as the members had helped me so much with my business.
Simon Edmondson
Federation Of Small Businesses
I absolutely loved the meeting and cannot wait to attend another one. Thank you so much for being a great host. The format was great.
Emma Friendship-Kilburn
Winning Tenders Ltd
One of the things that really stood out to me as you were sending thanks to the various people at the event, I realised that I have also utilised the services of the first three people that you mentioned. This just makes me realise what a fantastic place this network is, the power of recommendations is second to none. The best of it is that I now have the contacts and ability to strengthen my company on an on-going basis. Thanks for all your hard work.
Mark Nolan
Mark 1 Business Systems Limited
If you've been going to networking events as long as I have you will have done them all. Ones where it's just you and a woman who does aromatherapy for cats and that one where half an hour in you start to wonder if you've accidentally joined some sort of cult. You know the one where people are deliberately breaking their own toilets just so they have got a referral to give to the plumber. Anyway 10 years ago we went to our first Business Network and we haven't bothered with anything else since. Above all its enjoyable and you meet great people. Out of that business relationships and even friendships grow. The culture is very much' how can I help' rather than 'what's in it for me'. So all the right ingredients are in place for you to grow your network of contacts and grow your business. And it works.
Ted Flanagan
Gosschalks Solicitors
I happily renewed my membership with The Business Network South Manchester yesterday hosted by Simon & Win. Why? It's structured, director level networking which works for me and the kind of businesses I want to be introduced to. Plus there's an amazing extended network I have access to... With a couple of contacts i have met in the group we're working on developing what will be the biggest production project of my career so far. Renewing was a bit of a no-brainer....
Ben Schmidt
Pixel Assist
Thank you for the wonderful May online event that I attended. This was a very well run, engaging, and supportive event and made me proud to be part of The Business Network. Congratulations Helen to you and the team!
Chris Burn
CSRB Ltd
Having had the privilege of speaking at two of The Business Network events I only need one word to describe how they are organised, promoted and staged - BRILLIANT!
Michael Heppell
Michael Heppell Ltd
Over the years I have been to many types of business networks including sector targeted events, however I now choose to only go to one - The Business Network Manchester. This is a coherent, friendly and excellent way to network and offers long lasting relationships. I find its an efficient use of my time and I always look forward to monthly event. Helen is always a great inspiration and ready to offer a helping hand and introductions. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the network.
Sarah Carlick
The Athena Programme
It's a great group to part of!
Nick Hornsby
Hornsby's
Please let me congratulate you on the quality of the event, it was extremely interesting, well-co-ordinated with a really great diversity of professionals.
Nathan Monshin
Spherical International Operations
As a large organisation, its great to network with businesses in the local area, connect with the community and learn from others. So I would say come along - at the very least give it a chance - and the chances are you will feel better when you leave that when you started!
Peter Robertson
Dailycer Limited
15 May 2019 To Tracy & Hayley This is a testimonial that I write to thank you both for all you have given to me and to your chapter from my personal experience of your fabulous networking group. My personal life took a dramatic hit in April 2017 when I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer, following surgery I had intensive chemotherapy and had major side effects from this which caused me to have not one but two T.I.A’s (Mini strokes). After a spell in hospital and a considerable amount of investigations I slowly started to recover and was released home, where the new life challenges began. During my recovery I was diagnosed with Anxiety & Depression which made me re-evaluate different aspects of my life and I decided to change my life for the better and make as many changes as possible. So after many cocktails, wine & desperados, my good friend and next door neighbour Robin and I decided to go into business together and buy the franchise Monopoly Buy Sell Rent Chester. We launched in January 2018 and I knew that for us to succeed we needed to network and find new contacts within Chester & surrounding area, I searched around for quite some time and didn’t really get any feedback from other groups. I connected with Tracey via Facebook Messenger which was great and I was invited to attend my first meeting in Feb 2018. I really enjoyed this experience and found Tracey and Hayley to be both welcoming and supportive. Once I had committed to attending the network meeting I became very nervous and started worrying about my ability to connect with a group of people and represent my business in the best possible way. Tracey & Hayley assured me that it was a very relaxed environment and that all I needed to do was be myself and make myself present within the meetings. Because of the strong and positive advice I was given during my first meeting, I have taken that into every Business Networking Event and more importantly I have utilised it within other aspects of my business. Since joining the networking group I have become a lot more confident with myself and how I communicate with other people and I have Tracey & Hayley to thank for that for making me feel welcome and helping me along my way. Thank you both, please give yourself a pat on the back. Kind regards Gavin Belton-Rose Director
Gavin Belton-Rose
Monopoly Buy Sell Rent
Of all the networking events I have been too yours is the best I have attended in terms of format and with the right level of introductions. I tend to cull my attendance at these events but the way you arranged the tables is great and so I will definitely attend regularly.We are planning some exiting changes to the business this year and Luke was able to pass me onto a contact that can likely assist us. It is obvious both you and Russell work very hard to make it such a success.
Stephen Cobham
Stack Group
This Network is as good as it gets. Hosted by the wonderful Helen Bennett it offers all kinds of businesses excellent network opportunities as well as support from Helen. The network lunches are always a positive experience and for me personally they have provided me with many new clients - and indeed friends.
Maggie Ford
Spring Rites Speaking Skills
I can't believe it's been a year already! I have nothing but praise for the Chester Network and the hard work Tracy and Hayley put into it - it shows and I am happy to renew my membership - NOW INTO MY 10TH YEAR ! Having been a member for over 10 years says it all, the network works! It is there to create genuine connections and long term business relationships amongst the members. Not only has the network brought in new business for me, it has also been there as a support in times of change and to work out through any dilemmas. I would strongly recommend becoming a member.
Maja Kenney
Maja Kenney
A great group of people led by the highly motivational Tracy, ably supported by Hayley. All business leaders need motivation, guidance, the benefit of other local expertise to help them grow. This is exactly what the Chester business network offers.
Stephen Carroll
Investors In Marketing
What a fabulous event at the Palace Hotel, it was truly inspirational
Lawrence Boswell
LB Telecom Limited
It is personal touches like this which set the Network aside from other business networks and which make it a constant pleasure to attend.
Stephen Singer
Infralogics Limited
The Business Network lunches attract high quality attendees and the organisers put a great deal of effort into understanding the kind of contacts that each member is looking to make. The result is that more often than not you find yourself sitting with other members with whom there is genuine scope for you to do business with, making the experience both enjoyable and very worthwhile.
Nick Clarke
Aaron & Partners Llp
I would also add that the event last month was quite possibly the best networking event I have ever been to (and I've been to many) and therefore I will recommend it to colleagues.
Andy Petri
Estrada (EU) Ltd
Not only does Business Network make sense financially, it's a huge asset to business owner/managers and the 'lonely at the top' syndrome. There's a huge wealth of knowledge and regional business information within the South Manchester branch, high quality businesses and a tangible community feel about the whole group. If I need a contact or expert advice, or if I'm struggling with something, there’s always someone I can call and get a result. When you're running your own business, being able to access that support and 'business intelligence' is invaluable. So for me, South Manchester Business Network isn't just a professional networking group; it's a natural extension of my own business.
Penny Lines
No Nonsense Marketing
What really made me decide to go ahead with the membership is that I have been networking for over 11 years now and I have not met anyone who is as attentive and supportive as you and your husband.
Rishma Hasham
Printing.com@Envisualise
You have always run the most professional network of all the ones I have ever been to.
Simon Cocker
Voodoo Agency Ltd
Thank you as I found the lunch very productive and I have had a busy morning connecting and arranging new meetings with the contacts made yesterday.
Steve Phillips
The Cake Nest
Why consider Business Network? Well Tracy and Hayley are great. They go out of their way to know everyone and to help them. The total focus is on helping to introduce you to the right people in a very informal manner. There are no pressures, just simply getting to know like minded people in a nice environment and the outcome is that you make friends with people you can help or they can help you. I love it !!
Adrian Lomas
Blueleaf
" The Business Network is one of the best regular meetings I attend. The atmosphere is extremely friendly, the venues are excellent and the members have a genuine desire to help each other out. Simon and Win provide brilliant leadership and ensure that no one is left out. If you've not networked before, or are a little jaded by the experience, I recommend you try the Business Network."
Chris Moran
JCM Business Solutions
The Business Network Chester is like a really good casserole. Lots of ingredients, all left to slowly cook and intermingle over a long period of time and as we all know a good casserole is always worth waiting for, and gets better and better, the longer and more slowly it is cooked. So if you are a Fast food kind of person then we are probably not right for you.
Olivia Stefanino
Be Your Own Guru Ltd
In the four years since Rame Marketing has been trading, the Exeter based Business Network is by far the best networking event I've attended and I'd recommend joining to any ambitious, forward looking business.
Andrew Walker
Rame Marketing
3 years! Its seems like only yesterday that I was fighting my way through the Cheshire lanes to the launch of a brand new networking group. These days, new networking groups seem to spring up like weeds, but this one WAS different. It ticked all my boxes and I decided to join at that launch meeting. And I'm still there after three years, because it did deliver on those initial expectations, and continues to do so!! Why do I continue to like The Business Network? Three Simple Reasons: 1 - Its a pleasurable experience. Great lunches in nice locations each month. A structured meeting format, but not rigid. Great educational seminars. Meeting decision makers not salesmen as fellow members. Importantly , you feel you are among friends, all willing to help you. 2 - It helps my business. As a digital marketing consultancy, the majority of our clients come through referrals. I have been introduced to a number of new clients by fellow members and met great companies to partner with through the network. 3 - You don't know when you will meet your next client! As host, Karen works hard to attract new people to every meeting. As well as growing the membership, these visitors help to keep the meeetings fresh and dynamic. And hopefully some may need our Internet Marketing services! Happy 3rd Anniversary!
Andy Wooles
WSI Internet Marketing
I have been a member of The Business Network Chester from the start and always come away from the seminars and lunches with great new connections, leads and a feeling that I am getting to know the business community in Chester more and more with every visit. At Clatterbridge Cancer Research our approach is very much long term and that suits the ethos of BNC, it’s not about hard sell and more about long term relationships and building up connections. This year Tracy has gone above and beyond and took part in our major fundraising event Come Dancing, as you would expect she gave it 110% and is our reigning champion! Huge thank you to Tracy and Hayley for really making us welcome every month and bringing a real benefit to the team at CCR
Laura Irving
Clatterbridge Cancer Research
Tracy, I really enjoyed the event and thought you were the perfect hostess. Quality People, Qaulity venue. We will look forward to joining you after Summer season!
Kerry Bland
Jack Russell Debt Collectors UK
Helen is a truly warm and genuine business connector. That is a real skill in today's increasingly impersonal business climate. Helen's community and network within The Business Network is remarkable. She excels in attracting a calibre of people that are not only excellent at what they do but also interested in working together to really help each other in a way that is not often seen. Collaboration is the new economy and Helen and her company embrace & leverage that fully.
Shilpa Panchmatia
ZiiRii Digital
I enjoyed the event yesterday, you seem to be able to produce the right combination of people being both friendly and business orientated. Thanks.
Colin Cameron
Mutech Limited
Congratulations on running a really relaxed feeling event. I met some lovely people some of whom already I hope to do Business with.
Helen Rae
Helen Rae Photography
If you've been going to networking events as long as I have you will have done them all. Ones where it's just you and a woman who does aromatherapy for cats and that one where half an hour in you start to wonder if you've accidentally joined some sort of cult. You know the one where people are deliberately breaking their own toilets just so they have got a referral to give to the plumber. Anyway 10 years ago we went to our first Business Network and we haven't bothered with anything else since. Above all its enjoyable and you meet great people. Out of that business relationships and even friendships grow. The culture is very much "how can I help" rather than "what's in it for me". So all the right ingredients are in place for you to grow your network of contacts and grow your business. And it works
Ted Flanagan
Gosschalks Solicitors
Having had the privilege of speaking at two of The Business Network events I only need one word to describe how they are organised, promoted and staged - BRILLIANT!
Michael Heppell
Michael Heppell Ltd
I have been a member of the Business Network for four or five years, first in Manchester and then in Chester when that region was established. Having spent over 30 years in corporate life, the latter 20 at Board level, I was very uncomfortable with the whole concept of formal networking events. Thank heaven I joined Business Network!!! My 30 year corporate experience involved working for three multinational retailers, so I believe I am qualified to make international comparisons when commenting on the strengths of The Business Network. For brevity I'm going to bullet point the exceptional strengths of this world class brand. 1. Clarity of purpose. Some may call it a vision or a mission.... Doesn't matter. BN knows what it wants to achieve, is utterly consistent in its execution and therefore achieves its targets. 2. A single eye over the business. This is hugely important in a franchise business. Helen Bennett, the founder of BN in its current form, is a colossally impressive networker, and an infectiously inspiring facilitator and leader. Helen's integrity, astonishing work ethic/output and unbounded enthusiasm permeate the entire organisation and set the standard for every region. 3. Efficiency, reliability and member friendly admin systems. The business is designed to give its members the best possible service... And it unfailingly does. 4. Results orientated. The success of any brand is ultimately measured by the loyalty of its customers. I haven't done the research but I bet Helen has, and I'll wager that BN beats most comparable business networking agencies worldwide on member retention. Why? Because we, the members, love the process, love the people and develop lasting, constructive business connections as a result of regularly attending our local Business Network monthly lunches. "Simple" as the Meerkat says!
Francis Ball
Chesmait Ltd
Just a short note to say thank you and how much I enjoyed yesterday's networking event. The food and the company were excellent and I was so impressed at the professional but friendly way you coordinated the event.
Elaine Shepherd
Polkadot Design and Print Limited
I�ve come across plenty of business networks in my years running professional football clubs and in consultancy; most are good, but this one is exceptional. The level of professional organisation and engagement of The Business Network makes me want to contribute my own experience and contacts. In turn, I expect to learn what's going on in the region and pick up new ways of doing things - supporting each other in this way benefits everyone.
Barrie Pierpoint
BP Management & Marketing Services
Just wanted to drop you a quick line to compliment you on a most wonderful networking lunch today. I have attended a number of networking events during my career, but today's event was one of the most enjoyable for me. The relaxed atmosphere and informal lunch in such a wonderful location was enhanced even more by chatting with a number of inspiring and creative individuals.
Jeni Morris
NMW Direct Ltd
What is clearly apparent about The Business Network is that, unlike so many other networking groups and events that I have attended, you take an active role in connecting your members where you see there is an opportunity. Typically these networking events are organised, payments are collected from the delegates and the delegates are then left to get on with the networking themselves. Not with The Business Network! This is clearly a differentiator and I'm both surprised and delighted by the level of attention you give to your members, in particular to identifying those potential relationships that could benefit members and making the connections for us where we haven't already had the chance to connect.
Luke Rebbettes
Kingsbrook UK Ltd
The Business Network is one of the best networking organisations that I know and I have been a member of Manchester for five years. Helen Bennett is truly exceptional at what she does and in Tracy and Hayley she has chosen two people in her own mould to run The Chester Business Network. I am a founder member of The Chester Business Network and have recently re-signed for a second year because it’s dynamic, interesting and very productive. I can thoroughly recommend it as a source of new business opportunities, inspirational ideas – and it’s good fun!
Moray Newberry
Monitor Creative
The Ikon Partnership has joined The Business Network Chester. When Ikon was looking to strengthen their presence in Cheshire, this friendly proactive group was a natural choice as a significant tool in Ikon's marketing strategy.
John Cooper
The Ikon Partnership
An amazing event; absolutely top drawer. You excelled yourself Helen; I loved it!!
Gareth Clements
Rumpus Limited
What I would say? Do it! You do have to work it.. not just lunch once a month but 1 to 1's, being open to opportunities, and a givers mindset. If you want to grow your business - simply do it!
Heather Hobden
Aircool Diesel Services Ltd

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